Religious Experiences

An Introduction to Religious Experiences;
- what are they?  
- key terms

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  • Religious Experiences
    • KEY WORDS
      • Numinous: world that is beyond the physical observable universe
        • Wholly other: outside human knowledge/ understanding
        • Mysterium tremendum et fascinans: fearful yet fascinating mystery which evokes awe + wonder
      • Transient: not a permanent experience
      • Noetic: gaining knowledge
      • Ineffable: unexplainable
      • direct experiences: person encounters god directly
        • indirect: experiences which make individual focus on god
    • WHAT IS IT?
      • supernatural event: no scientific explanation
      • described as ineffable: unique/beyond human understanding
      • SWINBURNE: extraordinary experiences that appear to violate normal understanding of nature
      • RUDOLF OTTO: describes them as numinous/ wholly other. described as mysterium tremendum et fascinans
      • Modern society: experiences regarded as delusions- cannot be measured objectively
      • BUT difficult to ignore the impacts of experiences
        • cannot be proved (scientifically) but change individuals and those around them
        • George Fox: had a religious experience- led him to found the Quakers
      • Act 9: Paul meets the risen Jesus- famous persecutor of Christians becomes a followe
  • KEY WORDS
    • Numinous: world that is beyond the physical observable universe
      • Wholly other: outside human knowledge/ understanding
      • Mysterium tremendum et fascinans: fearful yet fascinating mystery which evokes awe + wonder
    • Transient: not a permanent experience
    • Noetic: gaining knowledge
    • Ineffable: unexplainable
    • direct experiences: person encounters god directly
      • indirect: experiences which make individual focus on god
  • Modern society: experiences regarded as delusions- cannot be measured objectively
  • Act 9: Paul meets the risen Jesus- famous persecutor of Christians becomes a followe

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